You guys have no idea how long I’ve wanted to do this review.

I admit, I’m not that knowledgeable about the Touhou series, and I don’t play any of the games or really interact with the fandom enough to call myself a fan, but I still really like the character designs of most of the Touhou girls.  Sanae ranks as one of my favorite characters (design-wise) in the Touhou-verse.  So when I saw this particular line of figures pop up on Amiami, used and at about a fifth of the original cost, I knew I had to get her.  I consider myself really lucky, as even though she was put under the “used” label, she was technically unopened.  Sadly, this was all the way back in March, so there aren’t any used Touhou Mameshiki figures up for sale anymore.

But now, about nine months later, I FINALLY have the free time to review her.  I know she’s an old figure, since she was released way back in 2010.  But I haven’t seen many English-review sites with reviews for this particular line of figures, and at least, not for Sanae in particular.  (There’s a review for Marissa out there somewhere, and one for Cirno on ANN.)  So I pretty much HAD to review her, since she’s actually a pretty solid figure all-around.

Look at all those parts!

Mameshiki are about the size of nendoroids, but they are much less super-deformed in terms of style.  Because of their less super-deformed nature, I also find them a bit more versatile in poses.  In terms of goodies, they come with the standard fare that all poseable figures seem to have nowadays.  Sanae in particular comes with a base + base accesories; two bent legs; two bent arms; a different hair piece (without the frog hairclip); three faces: a smug face, an open-mouthed face, and a blank face (which I already put stickers on); four different sets of hands: fists, curled fists, object holding hands, and a hand holding a cup of green tea; a broomstick; a gohei; and a sheet of stickers with various facial expressions.

The stickers. I know I’m depreciating the value of the figure set by using up some of the stickers, but whatever. I don’t really plan on ever selling Sanae.

Even without the blank face and sticker, Sanae has a very nice number of accessories. The thing you probably notice the most about Mameshiki figures is how much their dress flares out, and their rather large feet.  The dress’s massive flare actually serves a purpose.

All I can say to this is thank god nearly all the Touhou girls wear bloomers.

It hides the hole where you attach her to her base!  It also allows her to sit because her legs actually fit nicely into the split flared bits the dress has.

What the head piece looks like behind the face.

Mameshiki heads also hide a secret function–do you see that weird green thing sticking out near the top of her head? You can actually pull that piece out, and re-insert it turned around, so that the white peg sticks up.  Why would you do this?  So Sanae can wear hats.  Well… other characters’ hats, since she doesn’t have one of her own.  Since I don’t have a Marissa Mameshiki figure, I can’t show this off, but well, there you go if you ever wanted to display Sanae with a hat.  (The hairpiece without her hairclip is also meant for exactly this purpose. Guess who won’t ever be using it.)

From the back!

Anyway, the reason for the rather large feet is so that the figure can stand on its own, without needing a stand.  Indeed, that is the main selling point of these figures.  While they can stand far better than most poseable figures, you still need to be careful with them.  They’ll still tip over if the surface isn’t perfectly flat, and they still need some messing around with the legs to stand on their own stably.

Picture mainly to show off the extent of articulation the figure has.

Since Mameshiki figures have roughly the same base model, I’m going to assume they all have the same range of articulation.  You can swivel and move their arms up and down, though they don’t have a wrist joint.  While you can rotate the hands, you can’t bend it inwards or outwards.  The legs have the same type of articulation as the arms, though the feet can actually bend inwards and outwards.  I didn’t know this at first so I was wondering why my Sanae figure couldn’t stand stably for the first few times I posed her.  In Sanae’s case her hair strand (with the snake… scrunchie???) is also on a peg so you can move it around a bit.

Posed with one leg up! Surprisingly she stands better like this than with both feet flat.

The second biggest thing you’ll probably notice about a Mameshiki figure is that it’s very solid.  Testing it out, Mameshiki figures are probably a wee bit heavier than nendoroids.  And they’re made of a mixture between PVC and resin so they’re much harder to the touch.  Liquidstone claims that this makes them more durable than standard PVC figures, but I’m not too sure about that.  Isn’t resin extremely brittle and therefore easier to break?  There is no way I’m ever going to test this out, but I did accidentally drop her during the photo-shoot, and she bounced off a few pieces of furniture nearby but didn’t break or scratch… so maybe they’re a bit sturdier than nendoroids?  Who knows.

Her 😮 face is really cute aaaaah

The thing I absolutely love about the figure is how it looks.  Sanae’s dress is much more stylized compared to her official design, but I rather like it more like this.  The colors are very flat, with practically no shading, giving the figure a somewhat simplified look.  But overall, it works very well for this particular type of figure.  The colors (green, blue, and white) just work very well together–another reason why I’m so fond of Sanae’s design.

I prefer displaying her like this because I don’t have to worry about knocking her over, haha…

I also love her expressions.  Depending on how you pose her arms and feet, she can be very expressive.  Three faces with an added blank face provide a lot of variety.

Sanae demands only the finest quality green tea.

This was the blank face I messed around with.  I got really lucky with the sticker placement so this actually doesn’t look too bad from a distance.  However, the stickers are rather low-quality ones, and don’t stick as well as I’d prefer.  Still, I’ve first used these stickers about nine months ago, and they haven’t peeled off (yet).  Another bad thing about it is that the stickers aren’t reusable, so while you do have a lot of variety in faces by way of stickers, you can only use them once if you want to change them out.  Also, up-close in real life, it’s painfully obvious that these are stickers.  The stickers aren’t as clear as I’d like them to be.

“Yeah you wish you had tea as good as mine.”

Either way, I far prefer the painted faces.  Her eyes are really nicely painted, and she even has a bit of blush on her cheeks.

I like displaying her like this so she can silently judge everyone walking by.

Her smug face is by far the most fun to use.

“I have both a broomstick AND a gohei, you jelly”

In terms of item accessories, it’s pretty typical shrine maiden fare.  It’s still very nice to have, though!  And the paper tassels on the gohei are actually moveable! (They can rotate in place)  That’s just an extra level of detail that you wouldn’t expect to get from a figure.

It wasn’t until I really started messing around with this figure that I realized how versatile it was. So cute!

To be honest, I don’t completely understand Sanae’s stand.  I realize that it’s basically just to set her up in airborne poses, because you can pose her standing just fine without her stand.  I still can’t figure out what the other base attachment is supposed to be for, though.  What is it supposed to attach to?  The base or the figure?  Unfortunately, the only instructions that came with the figure were for the head peg and nothing else so… I’m at a loss.

Overall, the Mameshiki series seems like a pretty solid figure line.  Their figures are very nice quality, and they come with tons of accessories.  Plus, it’s Touhou; and you know how hard it is to get ahold of good Touhou figures.  Of course, there are a few criticisms.  The first is obviously the price.  Touhou figures don’t get made often, but when they do, they tend to be pricey.  That’s just a by-product of the nature of Touhou merch.  Since Touhou’s creator (apparently) doesn’t want Touhou to be officially licensed, most merch comes from smaller doujin-type companies.  Thus, the higher prices.

Another thing about the Mameshiki line is that they’re partially made of resin, so switching out hand/arm/leg parts is a bit tough at first, just because the joints are so tight.  But after you’ve played around with the figure for a while, this should be a big issue.  Appearance-wise, it seems like Mameshiki are really meant to displayed in a way where you look at the figure head-on.  At least for Sanae, if you look at her from the side there’s this really glaring empty gap under her chin, because of the way her head is made.  Another thing about Sanae is the paper tassels on her dress.  While a very cute touch, it is made of a solid chunk of hard plastic, so I do worry about it snapping off.  Fortunately it’s placed so it’s lying very close to her dress, but it has on more than one occasion caught onto pieces of fabric as I was moving it around.  So I’ll definitely have to be more wary about that in the future.

Overall, Sanae is a lovely figure, as are the other Touhou Mameshiki figures that Liquidstone has to offer.  Unfortunately, it seems that some of the Touhou girls are already being discontinued in production, so if you want to grab the remaining few that Amiami has, you better get it quick.

Out of five for this figure:

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Aw, these two are too cute together.